Week 6 (September 20 – 24, 2010)

Copyright Mark Parisi.

Thanks to all the volunteers in the fourth grade classrooms at LA’s Fall Carnival last Saturday. Mrs. Waide and I couldn’t have done it without you.

Talk Like a Pirate Day is Wednesday.  Ahoy, Jacks! Me and the sprogs’ll be talkin’ like the pirates in the Core Knowledge novel, Treasure Island. The bonny lass, Mrs. Burrill, assisted me mateys in fashionin’ proper hats in Art class this Monday. A study guide can be downloaded to help any lily-livered landlubbers among ye with the vocabulary. Prepare or beware. Me’d hate to see ye walk the plank t’day. Aargh!

Medieval Feast is Thursday.  The Feast is the culminating event in Mrs. Waide’s Middle Ages unit in History.  Don’t be shy about volunteering on Thursday.  We will need help shepherding over 4o knights and maidens between festivities.

No school this Friday for students.  Enjoy your extended weekend.

The short week changes my test schedule as follows:

  • Phonograms.  Test on Wednesday.
  • Spelling.  Students take a 20 word pretest on Monday. On Wednesday, students test only upon the words they misspelled on the Monday pretest. They will be exempted from the students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade test if their pretest score is at least 95% (i.e., they misspell one or fewer words).
  • Vocabulary. Students take a five word pretest on Monday. They will be exempted from the Wednesday test if their pretest score is perfect.
  • DOL.  Students will edit two sentences for a quiz grade on Wednesday.
  • Reading.  “Mae Jemison:  Space Scientist” is our first non-fiction selection (study guide available online).  Students will read the selection and take a mock test on Wednesday to illustrate how the questions will differ from a fictional story.  A participation, not test, grade will be given.

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 6″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Communication from Mr. T. Everything you need to know about what’s happening in our classroom on a weekly basis (e.g., assignments, study guides, worksheets; answer keys) can be found on:

  • teacherman.wordpress.com (it is the blog you are reading right now). Weekly homework assignments for my classes (e.g., Saxon Math 5 and science), and, whenever possible, requirements from Mrs. Waide and your student’s specials teachers (i.e., art, music; physical education) will be listed here.

For the latest news throughout the day about Mr. T’s classroom (e.g., early dismissal due to adverse weather), follow us at:

  • twitter.com/mrteacherman (our microblog: you can elect to receive a text message anytime I post on Twitter)

In order to view, download, and print almost anything on the fourth grade blog, you must download copies of a:

  • .zip file unpacker (most computers will open this file automatically when you click on it. If not, you can find one here), and
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Please check the blog and their planners each night.

Math 5. Problem sets 14 – 15 will be due as homework this week. They should have plenty of time in class to complete homework. They will test this Wednesday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

A copy of the practice sentences with an answer key are available every Monday. Each night, to reinforce your student’s learning, ask s/he to edit that day’s two sentences again which you can correct using the answer key (this work never has to be turned into me). Parents should familiarize themselves with the proofreading markings which will be used for the remainder of the year (these marks will be utilized when I edit any student’s written work).

Spelling. Every student has a spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level). A copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list kept at school.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Please note: the DOL answer key, and the spelling and vocabulary lists will be available by Monday evening. It’s important to note that every student’s spelling list will be unique, so look for it in their Monday Folder.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will continue classifying sentences.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 6″ in the sidebar on the right):

* Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
* –Practice sentences, and
* –Answer key (available Monday night)
* Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
* –Spelling list (available Monday night)
* Vocabulary.
* –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
* Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
* –Mae Jemison (study guide available online)


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